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How to Spend 3 Days in Sardinia

How to Spend 3 Days in Sardinia

Sardinia is an island of contrasts, with wildly untamed countryside and luxury beach resorts, idyllic white-sand beaches and time-capsule mountain villages, Bronze Age ruins and magnificent Romanesque cathedrals. With three days on the island, you’ll be able to experience a bit of all Sardinia has to offer. Here’s how.

Day 1: Olbia

Most ferries and flights arrive in this port city on Sardinia’s northeastern coast, so begin your exploration of the island here. Take a turn around the city on a tuk-tuk tour to get your bearings, then use Olbia as your jumping-off point to explore the spectacular Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda). Opt for a minivan tour to admire the coastline as far as Santa Teresa Gallura by land, or take a yacht or sailboat tour to explore this pristine stretch of coast by sea. Most boat tours also take in the pink-sand beaches of the Maddalena Archipelago and the Caprera Island nature reserve and include lunch onboard. Alternatively, head south to San Teodoro to explore the rugged countryside of Mount Nieddu, known for its waterfalls and sweeping views, by ATV. 

Day 2: Alghero

Today, head west across the island to this popular coastal retreat, a medieval city with both a delightfully picturesque old town and easy access to the postcard-perfect beaches nearby. Start with a walking tour to take in the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria and the boutiques and shops selling traditional coral jewelry along Via Roma. Gourmands can choose a food-and-wine walking tour or join a farmhouse cooking class in the countryside to prepare and enjoy classic Sardinian dishes. Otherwise, choose a traditional restaurant to sample the city’s Spanish-influenced dishes, such aspaella algherese (Alghero paella) andaragosta alla catalana (Catalan crayfish). In the afternoon, set sail by boat or kayak along Alghero’s Coral Coast to the dazzling Neptune’s Grotto (Grotta di Nettuno) at Capo Caccia, famous for its magnificent rock formations. End your day with a traditional dinner in the home of a local fisherman.

Day 3: Cagliari

Perhaps the most cosmopolitan of the island’s cities, the southern coastal town of Cagliari has an intact old town, unspoilt wetlands, and easy access to premier archaeological sites. Begin with a tour of the Castello district, the city’s time-capsule historic center. After taking in the hilltop citadel and city cathedral, head to the water’s edge to admire the colorful resident flamingoes inside Molentargius Natural Park. Gourmands can explore Cagliari’s culinary side with a cooking class, home-dining experience, or wine tour to the surrounding vineyards. Archaeology enthusiasts will want to join a tour of the nearby Phoenician ruins in Nora or the neolithic Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of the most fascinating remains of the island’s mysterious Nuragic culture. 

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Sardinian Countryside Home Cooking Class & Meal at a Farmhouse

Sardinian Countryside Home Cooking Class & Meal at a Farmhouse

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Feel right at home and indulge in the flavors of Sardinia with this cooking lesson and lunch in the countryside near Alghero. Help prepare a traditional meal under the guidance of a local chef, who welcomes you into his farmhouse to share the secrets of Sardinian home cooking. Sit down among new friends to enjoy the multicourse menu, complete with a hand-picked selection of regional wine and liqueurs.
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  • 3 hours
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Half-Day Small-Group Wine Experience with Wine Expert from Cagliari

Half-Day Small-Group Wine Experience with Wine Expert from Cagliari

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Discover the wines of Sardinia on a delightful half-day tasting tour from Cagliari. Visit one of the most acclaimed wineries on the island, where you’ll meet the winemakers, stroll through rolling vineyards and take a tour of production facilities. Taste two local varietals under the expertise of a sommelier guide, and round out your palate with samplings of specialty food products and a delicious brunch.
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  • 4 hours
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Full-day Alghero Tour with Wine Tasting and full Lunch

Full-day Alghero Tour with Wine Tasting and full Lunch

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Take in the pleasures of Alghero during a full-day tour with an informative guide. Explore the well-preserved medieval city center, then head to the coast to experience the natural beauty of Capo Caccia. Stop at an archaelogical site, then enjoy tastings of wine and olive oil made by a local producer. Top it off with a lunch of typical Sardinian fare at an organic farm. Includes tastings, lunch, guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Cagliari Segway Tour

Cagliari Segway Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of Cagliari the alternative way on a 2.5-hour guided Segway tour of the Sardinian capital. After selecting either a morning or afternoon departure time, glide past prominent landmarks like the hilltop citadel of Castello and the grand Cagliari Cathedral. Listen to insightful audio commentary as you explore the quaint cobbled streets and stop regularly for excellent photo opportunities. Revitalize with a refreshing drink on a Castello terrace that affords sweeping vistas of Cagliari’s picturesque sprawl.
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Sardinia's Costa Smeralda Minivan Tour With Winery Visit

Sardinia's Costa Smeralda Minivan Tour With Winery Visit

Take a small-group tour of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, the northeastern coast between Olbia and Palau where blonde sand beaches and luxury villas rule the shoreline. With a driver-guide, you’ll visit the VIP hangout of Porto Cervo, a coastal village, an island winery, and the main archaeological digs at Arzachena. A tasting session at the winery be arranged on the day, though this is at your own expense.
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  • 6 hours
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Cagliari City Tour - Minivan Sightseeing and Walking

Cagliari City Tour - Minivan Sightseeing and Walking

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Explore the capital of the island of Sardinia during this 4-hour minivan sightseeing and walking tour of Cagliari. Learn about this ancient city's history as well as its modern treasures.
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Archaeological Tour of Nora from Cagliari

Archaeological Tour of Nora from Cagliari

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Visit the archaeological site of Nora, an ancient pre-Roman city on Sardinia, with this tour from Cagliari. See ruins and excavations sites, and learn about the city’s history, which dates back 2,500 years to the Phoenicians. This small-group tour is operated by 9-seater minivan, and offers hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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Half Day Sea Kayak Trip

Half Day Sea Kayak Trip

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Visit parts of the Italian coast only accessible via boat on this kayaking journey from Alghero. You'll get views of the wild coastal areas and marine life that few tourists see; paddling along under the leadership and supervision of an expert guide. All instruction and equipment is included, as well as insightful commentary on the natural surroundings.
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Tuk Tuk tour of Cagliari 4 districts and Castle of San Michele

Tuk Tuk tour of Cagliari 4 districts and Castle of San Michele

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See more of Cagliari in less time—and traverse the city’s seven hills with ease—on a private tuk-tuk tour. Choose your preferred departure time, and set off. You’ll discover four of the Sardinian capital’s most characterful neighborhoods (Castello, Villanova, Stampace, and Marina), can admire its striking architecture and seaside views, and will even continue to the nearby Molentargius Nature Park, where you can spot flocks of flamingoes.
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Cagliari: Amazing Jeep Tour of Sardinia's Hidden Beaches from Chia

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Cagliari: Amazing Jeep Tour of Sardinia's Hidden Beaches from Chia

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Explore some of Sardinia's gorgeous secluded beaches with this half-day tour. Go snorkeling or swimming, or simply lounge on the sand. Upgrade to include lunch at Capo Malfatano beach.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Alghero private walking tour with a local guide

Alghero private walking tour with a local guide

The picturesque medieval city of Alghero is the perfect destination to explore on foot. Spend a day discovering its highlights by going on a private walking tour. After meeting at a central location, you’ll explore Alghero with a guide, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost. Save hours researching top sites to visit, and instead enjoy a local insider’s guide to the must-see places. Highlights include Cattedrale di Santa Maria, Torre Porta a Terra, Torre San Giovanni and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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Sardinia's La Maddalena and Caprera islands guided tour for small groups

Sardinia's La Maddalena and Caprera islands guided tour for small groups

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Visit two islands in Sardinia’s paradise archipelago of La Maddalena, just north of the Costa Smeralda. With a guide, you’ll cruise from Palau to Isola Maddalena, the largest island in the chain, to visit the main town and travel to the island of Caprera. Some of Sardinia’s finest stretches of sand abound here, so bring your bathing suit and request a beach break to cool down in the sea. Numbers are capped at eight people for an intimate, small-group tour.
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  • 6 hours
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$339.33
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Sardinia's Gallura minivan tour for small groups

Sardinia's Gallura minivan tour for small groups

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Experience the nature and ancient history of Sardinia on a small-group tour to Gallura. Skip car rental and enjoy the scenic ride through the Sardinian countryside in provided round-trip transportation from your hotel. A small group of maximum eight people ensures that you get an immersive and dynamic tour experience. Be sure to have your camera on hand for the UNESCO listed Olive Trees Valley and the ancient houses of Gallura.
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  • 6 hours
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Cooking and eating with a Sardinian family

Cooking and eating with a Sardinian family

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Immerse yourself in Italian cuisine at the “Campidanese” court house home of a Sardinian family and learn how to prepare some of the island’s traditional dishes during this private dining experience. Watch as the landlady prepares Sardinian ravioli, enjoy a relaxing Aperitif in the garden, and dine as part of the family. Unlike other cooking classes, with this experience you can leave the cookery to the pros.
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  • 3 hours
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